It’s time! #TruckDay returns on February 8 as 'Old Dominion Freight Line' safely moves the Phillies to Spring Training

February 3rd, 2021

On Monday, February 8, Old Dominion Freight Line, the Official Freight Carrier of the Philadelphia Phillies, is packing up items at Citizens Bank Park and heading south to safely move the Phillies to spring training at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. 

The extensive undertaking will start early that morning when the Old Dominion Phillies Spring Training Truck – featuring two 28-foot trailers – will arrive at Citizens Bank Park, where it will skillfully maneuver its way down the truck ramp toward the team’s clubhouse. The trailers will then be loaded up with thousands of much-needed items for spring training. 

“Phillies Truck Day has always been a big undertaking, as essentially the entire clubhouse needs to be relocated to our spring training facility,” said Dan O’Rourke, Phillies Manager, Equipment & Umpire Services. “While Truck Day may look a little different this year due to safety protocols, we have no doubt that Old Dominion Freight Line is up for the task of moving our much-needed items to Clearwater.” 

“Truck Day marks an exciting beginning to the new baseball season. The team at Old Dominion Freight Line enjoys playing a part of this yearly tradition of packing our trailers with clubhouse equipment,” said Dave Steinert, Regional Vice President for Old Dominion Freight Line. “We know how important it is for the Phillies to be ready to go when they arrive at spring training, so we thank them for trusting us to carry their freight to Clearwater and deliver it on time.” 

Items that will be loaded onto the trailers include several masks and plenty of sanitizer for players and front office staff, as well as 10,000 POWERADE cups; 2,400 baseballs; 2,000 short and long sleeve shirts; 1,200 bats; 900 socks; 600 pairs of pants; 600 batting practice hats; 350 pairs of shorts; 300 batting gloves; 250 batting practice tops; 200 fleeces; 200 light jackets; 140 batting helmets; 125 leather and elastic belts; 75 pairs of assorted spike, plastic and turf shoes; 40 heavy jackets; 20 coolers and a half pallet of POWERADE mix; and six bikes. 

Once the final item is loaded, the truck will then travel 1,058 miles, passing through eight states, before being unloaded at its final destination of Spectrum Field on Thursday, February 11 -- just six days before the first official workout for Phillies pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, February 17. 

About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. Through strategic alliances, the Company also provides LTL services throughout North America. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting.